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Self-described 'openly queer' press secretary marks Lesbian Visibility Week from the White House podium

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre celebrated homosexuality on Tuesday as she was flanked by four women affiliated with the Showtime series "The L Word" and "The L Word: Generation Q."

"So this week is Lesbian Visibility Week, and as the first openly queer person" to serve as White House press secretary, "I see everyday how important visibility and representation are," Jean-Pierre declared while opening Tuesday's briefing.

"As a young queer woman of color I felt alone and sometimes invisible," she said. "Being able to see diverse narratives that reflect our lives is incredibly important," Pierre said. "This week is a testament to how far we've come and the work that remains to advance equality to all people."

"We're honored to have the opportunity to be here today standing beside the first out-lesbian press secretary in our history, who serves the most pro-LGBTQI president in our history," Ilene Chaiken, co-creator of "The L Word," said while delivering remarks after Jean-Pierre.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a briefing with reporters — 04/25/23www.youtube.com

President Joe Biden on Tuesday officially announced his re-election bid, and Jean-Pierre has noted that if he wins re-election, Biden would serve the full term. "I can confirm that if re-elected, @POTUS would serve all 8 years," Jean-Pierre tweeted.

Biden, who became the oldest president in history at the time of his 2021 inauguration, would be 86 years old by the end of a second term.

"Every generation has a moment where they have had to stand up for democracy. To stand up for their fundamental freedoms. I believe this is ours. That's why I'm running for reelection as President of the United States. Join us. Let's finish the job," Biden tweeted on Tuesday.

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